The New Year brings new beginnings, a fresh start, maybe a do-over. It brings anticipation about what’s ahead and often a new resolution to change. Deciding to make a change can be effective for one who is disciplined and stays on course. You can lose weight, get in shape, even work on some bad habits and attain some good success. However, resolving to change your desires, feelings, or character is quite another thing. It requires an internal change, a real overhaul of the inner person, and that can only be done with God’s help. God wants us to change, for the better. He is there to help us grow, progress, advance, make good choices. He wants our lives to be the best they can be. How do we move forward and change with God’s help? Solomon gives us the formula in Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. True change can only happen when you fully trust God and allow His wisdom and insight to guide you. He’s the expert! When you acknowledge Him as guide in every area of your life, He will make your path straight. What does that mean? It means more than guidance; it can be translated “God will pour out His favor on you.” If you want God’s best, give Him your all! Allow His word to lead you, His voice to guide you, and His peace to comfort you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV) Trust in the Lord with all you your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Romans 12:2 (NRSV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Psalm 119:105 (NRSV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
What do you want or need to change? Have you tried before? If so, what caused you to fail? How can you involve God in helping you change? What do you need to do first?
Prayer – Gracious God, thank you for the New Year that lies ahead. May it be one that marks a closer walk with You! Help me to give my heart completely and fully to you each day. You are the King of my life and I trust You! In Jesus Name I pray, amen.